Wednesday, 8 April 2015


What is happening in Hungary?

What a lovely morning here today in Middle England. The sun is bright, the air is warm, Spring has come, for a while anyway.

I am afraid that I slept late. The reason for this was that I had lain awake into the early hours, finishing Julie Orringer's book The Invisible Bridge, an extraordinary saga of Jewish lives in prewar Paris and wartime Hungary. Its nearly six hundred pages have rightly attracted mixed reviews but her book is certainly an extraordinary achievement for its almost first-time author, and it is certainly a very real and very moving account:

All quiet on the CE front

Over breakfast I checked as usual what is happening on the world of Internet news. As has been the case right over the the Easter period there is continuing silence on the Conductive Education front, with very little either that might bear upon this – except distant rumblings from Hungary, low-key but persisting Western press mentions of Hungary's economics, its foreign policy, and its politics. 

These matters may be of little interest to most in the West, just echoes of another people in another country far away, of whom we know nothing.

Conductive World used to mention such goings on fairly regularly, not least because, although Conductive Education has now been well and truly uprooted from the country in which András Pető created it in the years following the War, the bulk of its conductor workforce still originates in Hungary. What happens in that country may therefore prove continuingly critical for the future development of Conductive Education around the world. 

Anyway those who provide employment for conductors worldwide might find it helpful, and interesting to know something of what what may be going through their Hungarian colleagues' minds when they consider the old country.

The main reason why Hungary has of late dropped off Conductive World's radar is that the Hungarian news has become a little routine, a little boring for non-Hungarians. Between elections, that is how 'normal politics' often are. As elections come back into view, however, things will warm up...

Oh Hungary...

I cannot judge what to make of the following recent news report by Brian Whelan of the UK's Channel 4 News. I found it on my computer only this morning, just a few hours and a short sleep after finishing The Invisible Bridge, and that will have certainly have affected my judgement on the reported decline in public support for Hungary's governing party, the very right-wing Fidesz, and the rise in support for Jobbik, its very, very right-wing rival:

This written report includes a link to Channel 4's disturbing ten-minute news report from 2013.

As said, I cannot judge what to make of all this. But those who are Hungarians, in or out of Hungary, and those who deal with Hungarians wherever they be, just might wish to struggle with this conundrum themselves.

The next World Conductive Education Congress will be held in Budapest.


Orringer, J. (2011) The Invisible Bridge, London, Peguin

Whelan, B. (2015) Hungary's far-right Jobbik party prepare for power, Channel 4 News, 4 April

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